Edward Jones Dome | Sunday, September 12 | 4:15 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Cardinals 30, Rams 17
285 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INTWill having an upgraded receiving corps in Arizona enable Anderson to rebound from a dismal 2009 in Cleveland? The Rams are a juicy Week 1 opponent, but it's still a leap of faith to roll with Anderson on the heels of his 42.1 QB rating last season.
2 rec, 20 rec yards, 110 rush yards, 1 rush TDThe Rams were 27th in the NFL against the run last season and it'd be surprising to see them make significant strides in that department this season. Wells should take on a larger share of the workload this season and he's an excellent start in Week 1.
5 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yardsHightower is expected to yield more of the workload to Beanie Wells this season, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt still likes what he offers as a pass-catcher and a blocker out of the backfield. Even with a good matchup, there's limited upside here.
8 rec, 120 yards, 2 TDQuarterback questions aside, Fitzgerald's knee appears to be healthy and the Rams didn't have an answer for him in their meetings last season (13 catches for 135 yards and 2 TD).
3 rec, 40 yardsOf the receivers on the Cards' roster, Doucet more closely resembles Anquan Boldin than the others. He may eventually usurp Steve Breason in the starting lineup, but the effectiveness of Derek Anderson will utlimately determine his upside.
4 rec, 60 yardsBreaston gets to ride shotgun as the starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald now that Anquan Boldin is in Baltimore. The downgrade to Derek Anderson at quarterback cuts into his value, but this is a favorable matchup for him.
1 rec, 10 yardsRoberts had trouble holding onto the ball throughout the preseason and there's no guarantee that he'll have a prominent Week 1 role.
1 rec, 15 yardsEven if Patrick is on the field for the opening series on Sunday, the starting tight end spot wasn't ever a big part of the offense with Kurt Warner at the helm. Unless he develops a rapport with Derek Anderson, you'll want to look elsewhere.
3 PATs, 3 FGsIf the Rams' defense struggles the way we expect it to, Feely should have plenty of opportunities to rack up points in Week 1.
5 sacks, 2 INT, 2 FumblesRams rookie QB Sam Bradford looked good against the Patriots and Ravens in the final two preseason games, but the Cards' secondary should be a good test for him. If the pass rush improves as expected, it could be a big day for this unit.
280 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INTIt's his first career start, so expectations for Bradford should be conservative. As good as he looked in August, Bradford will have to prove himself in the regular season. The Rams figure to be trailing a lot, however, so he'll rack up yardage.
6 rec, 60 rec yards, 85 rush yards, 1 rush TDThe only reliable fantasy starter on the team, Jackson is St. Louis' workhorse, and he is going to be heavily involved in both the rushing and passing game. Though, until Bradford proves his worth, red zone opportunities will be slim.
5 rec, 80 yardsTheir most talented receiver after the injury to Donnie Avery. Probably the most reliable Rams option this week besides Steven Jackson, but that isn't saying much.
7 rec, 75 yards, 1 TDIt's really hard to get excited about any of the rams' receiving options, isn't it? Still, someone has to catch passes.
2 rec, 25 yardsIt's doubtful he makes an impact.
4 rec, 40 yardsFells could be a safety valve for Bradford in his first NFL start, so he should grab a few receptions.
1 PAT, 2 FGsDon't expect much from a kicker who's on a team with a rookie QB.
2 sacks, 1 INTIt's a bad defense, but you can count on Derek Anderson throwing at least one pick.
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